The funds were made possible through the 16th Annual Iron Hill Charity Golf Open at Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club
The event featured two of the country club’s premier golf courses, a delicious array of fresh farm to table selections, over $6,000.00 worth of prizes, and three (3) notable guest speakers.
Robert Murray, a National Security at the Foreign Policy Research Institute fellow, shared that as our economy advanced, we began to rely more on the internet, and as a result, the U.S. has become susceptible to cyber-attacks. He explained, however, that the United States does have substantial capabilities in defense and power protection as the direct result of technological advancements and the development of strategic cyber warfare.
Guests at the Iron Hill Charity Golf Open also heard remarks from two veterans that were joined by their service dogs. Scott Baur and David Crenshaw were united with their service dogs, Mack and Doc, through the Florida based non-profit organization—K9s for Warriors. The organization pairs veterans with services dogs to help them cope with PTSD.
Scott Baur explained that his service dog Mack, a Plott Hound rescue from a high-kill shelter, has lessened his anxiety and aided in relieving the physical symptoms he had experienced since being discharged from the United States Army in 2010.
“You come home numb,” notes Baur. “You don’t have any feelings. I think that’s one of the hardest things about coming home. I came home, and I pushed everybody away….until I met Mack.”
Baur flew down to Florida in May 2010 to meet Mack and participate in a three-week-long instructional program.
“It was like a bunch of bricks came off my back,” said Baur. “You start to get your feelings back.”
If Mack senses Baur becoming anxious, he rubs his head into Baur to get his attention and alert him to what’s happening. The two practice commands like “sit,” “stand,” “block,” and “cover” every week together.
David Crenshaw and his service dog Doc were a special surprise at this year’s tournament. Doc and David’s relationship was made possible by the funds raised at the golf tournament in 2016. David and Doc thanked the crowd for believing in the program and for making the pair possible.
“I am so glad that I got to share my story with you all today and allow contributors to see the return of their investment first hand—2 ‘New Leashes on Life,” notes David. “My faith in the K9s for Warriors program and trust in Doc showed me what it was to smile again.”
For 16 years and counting, J.G. Petrucci and Iron Hill, have partnered with local construction and real estate professionals to raise money that supports the brave men and women who put their lives at risk to serve their country. This year the 16th Annual Iron Hill Charity Golf Open presented donations to the following organizations:
- 101st Airborne Division Association
- Bucks County Community College
- Community Hope
- The Foreign Policy Research Institute
- Irvington ROTC
- K9s for Warriors
- Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council
- Northampton Community College
- Operation Autism
- Sussex Community College
- Union County College
Thanks to the generosity of the event sponsors, over $1M has been donated to many crucial organizations over the years. The veteran-focused non-profits are chosen based on the well-respected work and support they offer to veterans, military personnel, and their families.
“This event is a testament to the way J.G. Petrucci and Iron Hill Construction join together to support their communities,” explained Jim Petrucci, Founder and President of J.G. Petrucci Co., Inc. “It’s been 16 years of building remarkable partnerships with sponsors, golfers, attendees, and the amazing community members that operate the critical missions of these important organizations. Our partnerships have enabled us to support a long list of worthy recipients, and we are glad that our guests were able to hear their personal stories today.”
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